In Florida George Zimmerman was acquitted for murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. In Springfield, Missouri a young man was convicted in the murder of a teenager. The conviction here is thought to be justice by most Christians. The release of Zimmerman is thought by some to be a miscarriage of justice.
Justice is when someone gets what they deserve. These two cases show the different sides of the same coin. Our legal system is put to a test on a daily basis in millions of courtrooms before judges and juries all over this country. In Springfield justice was a conviction for a murder that was unjustified.
Florida’s verdict, and Springfield’s, was the culmination of days of testimony. Hours of deliberation by the jurors is designed to result in a verdict based not on what we want, but what the truth is as presented in the courtroom. The truth according to the local jury was that the accused had been partly responsible for the death of another human being. The jury in Florida also sought the truth and determined Zimmerman was not guilty of murder.
In the United States of America there is a guarantee in our Constitution that we cannot be subjected to double jeopardy. Once a person is acquitted of a crime, they must not be tried again for the same crime. Those who want the President to require another trial for Federal charges has forgotten this constitutional provision.
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin were involved in a struggle. Zimmerman’s gun was fired and Martin died. Martin was not the young boy that the press has shown in photographs. Zimmerman did not chase him down and shoot him in the back as was originally reported by the news networks. George should not have been carrying a gun. We do not know if he would have been injured severely by Trayvon. The jury ruled that the shooting was in self defense as council maintained.
The question that we have is whether or not we believe that our court system has produced justice. Each person must decide, not if the verdict is correct, but if our courts can in fact produce justice.